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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:
If you’re planning to add a new Amex card to your strategy in 2016, you can’t go wrong with the Amex Premier Rewards Gold or the Platinum Card — both have solid advantages, but the final choice comes down to preference.
4th Night Free is one of Citi Prestige’s best perks — and it just got much easier to use. Before this latest update, you had to jump through a few hoops to book, but now there’s a simple solution.
It may take more than a few screenshots and emails to get approved for a status match. One TPG reader recently found that Alaska Airlines independently verified his status with United and denied him a match based on this information. As it turns out, some airlines communicate with their competitors to verify claims, so beware if you plan to deceive them.
If you’re a United flyer looking to get some value added to your award tickets, try out United’s Expert Mode. With more control over your United MileagePlus account and flight itineraries, you could end up with some fantastic awards for your next trip.
In Other News…
Uber is the Exclusive Ridesharing Service of the Super Bowl
Headed to the Bay Area for the big game in February? You won’t be getting there via Lyft. Uber recently announced it’s the exclusive sponsor for the game with dedicated pickup and drop-off zones at Levi’s Stadium.
Former Montenegro Concentration Camp to Become Luxury Resort
Developers in the Mediterranean country of Montenegro are planning to open a new luxury resort just off the coast of the mainland. The island, once home to a concentration camp during World War II, will now be the future location of one of the most luxurious hotels and restaurants in the region. Plans have been approved by Parliament for development of the Mamula Island Resort to begin immediately.
Earn Bonus Points With Club Carlson This Winter
Club Carlson is offering members the chance to earn 5,000 bonus Gold Points through March 31 after you stay at two different Carlson properties worldwide. The brand offers plenty of hotel options ranging from New York to Tokyo.
Earn Double Points With Virgin America Elevate through February
Virgin America Elevate members can earn double points on flights booked and flown by the end of February. The airline’s awards are based on ticket price, so there’s no hard rule for what your trips will cost, but this is a great opportunity to bolster your Elevate account if you’re traveling anytime soon.
Delta Posts Record Earnings in 2015
Happy with your latest SkyMiles redemption? Delta’s not hurting too badly either. The airline posted a pre-tax profit of $5.9 billion for 2015. With low fuel prices and changes to its program, the airline’s profit margins are performing well — especially compared to its competitors.
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards